DescriptionSpanish explorers landed in Neah Bay, which they called Núñez Gaona, in 1791, establishing a fort that lasted 5 months. Today's explorers can take in panoramas of Neah Bay Harbor, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Koitlah Point, 3 miles west of Neah Bay off SR 112.
Neah Bay's Native American heritage is preserved at the Makah Indian Reservation and headquarters. Seasonal wildlife viewing opportunities abound on the reservation. Eagles, falcons and hawks can be seen in March; gray whales migrate along the Pacific coast in April and May; and trumpeter swans appear in November. Local charters offer fishing and wildlife viewing excursions.
Of particular interest are Shi-Shi Beach, the Cape Flattery Trail, and other Pacific Ocean and Strait of Juan de Fuca trails. A 30-minute hike on the Cape Flattery Trail will bring you to the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States. No alcohol is permitted. Visitors are welcome on the tribe's beaches, but shellfish and shell gathering are restricted to tribal members.
A $10-per-vehicle recreational use permit is required for visitors wanting to hike, boat, camp or park at various trailheads. Permits, valid for a calendar year, can be purchased at the Makah Cultural and Research Center, the tribal headquarters and at most businesses in town.
Things to SeeMakah Cultural and Research Center